CFF Experience – If you have any PLEASE HELP!!

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  • #3031980
    cpa1234
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    Just taking another shot at this, to see if any CPAs still stalk this site and have also passed the CFF. I took part one and found out I failed right after. I am now waiting until July 18th to take the exam again (used to see a bunch of free space to take exam now there's a month long wait?) and since we get no feedback on what we did right and wrong, I don't even know what else I can do to prepare. I did the AICPA review course, and the two certificate courses worth 21.5 CPE credits. I have notes and I have been reviewing them, but without knowing what I did wrong the first time I don't know what to do for next time.

    I just want to know your experience with the exam, what you did to prepare, any advice helps!

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    #3138906
    CPA50
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    Hi cpa1234, I am also stalking here on occasion, and took the CFF exam #1 yesterday. FAILED. I have been a CFE for 20 years and did the entire review course. It's maddening to get -0- feedback and I have to suspect there are some psychometrics at play, which is why there is no disclosure as to passing grades. I'll keep taking it until I pass, because, hey, that's what I do. It's my super power.
    Best wishes!

    AUD - 80
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    3 years

    + 16 tests

    + 2 expired sections

    = DONE FOREVER!

    #3139323
    Maverick
    Participant

    I have not taken the CFF so unfortunately I cannot give you any advice. However, I am taking the CFE soon and I was curious how you guys have used the credential. Thanks in advance.

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    #3139338
    CPA50
    Participant

    Congrats on going for your CFE. I set up my own firm and work independently as a Fraud Examiner/Forensic Accountant/Financial Crimes Investigator.

    AUD - 80
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    3 years

    + 16 tests

    + 2 expired sections

    = DONE FOREVER!

    #3139608
    monikernc
    Participant

    CPA50 you are still here! I repost your epic FAR journey once in awhile for other hopefuls! Great to hear from you!

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    How have you been?
    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all first try! 2016
    Licensed State of Montana April Fool’s Day 2020
    State of Colorado June 2020 - AICPA Ethics 93
    Experience was the worst part of the journey for me. You?
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #3139644
    CPA50
    Participant

    Hi!! Glad my pain can inspire others 🙂 It was a long, interesting journey. After I finally passed all the exams, I still had more education credits to cross off. (Thanks California) Happy to say I AM A CPA now! But, want the brass ring. I want the CFF, mostly because that was my original goal when I started this many years ago when dinosaurs ran the AICPA. And, I think it will make me the cool, nerdy kid.

    AUD - 80
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    FAR - 80
    REG - 80
    3 years

    + 16 tests

    + 2 expired sections

    = DONE FOREVER!

    #3139824
    monikernc
    Participant

    you are the cool, nerdy kid. you were epic then as now…

    HEADLINE: CPA50 passes FAR

    hats off to you and your inspiring Dad and beloved daughter for their support…

    Good luck, i know you will get the CFF. not for me, though, it took me too long to get the experience for the CPA, no way am i signing up for another certification that requires experience i do not yet have…but you, all you have to do now is pass the exam! go get it done!

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 76
    REG - 88
    How have you been?
    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all first try! 2016
    Licensed State of Montana April Fool’s Day 2020
    State of Colorado June 2020 - AICPA Ethics 93
    Experience was the worst part of the journey for me. You?
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #3139848
    CPA50
    Participant

    Thanks! My father passed away in February 2019, and I received my CPA certificate August 2, 2019 – HIS BIRTHDAY! I know he was there with me.

    AUD - 80
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 80
    REG - 80
    3 years

    + 16 tests

    + 2 expired sections

    = DONE FOREVER!

    #3139947
    monikernc
    Participant

    he really was!

    AUD - 93
    BEC - 82
    FAR - 76
    REG - 88
    How have you been?
    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all first try! 2016
    Licensed State of Montana April Fool’s Day 2020
    State of Colorado June 2020 - AICPA Ethics 93
    Experience was the worst part of the journey for me. You?
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #3140733
    Maverick
    Participant

    Was it difficult getting new clients? Also, did you already have experience in the fraud world? I do tax and audit for a large regional firm but have never actually worked on fraud engagements.

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    #3140778
    CPA50
    Participant

    Hi Maverick, My path was very twisty. After 20 years in small business management and marketing, I decided to become a contract bookkeeper. My first gig, I uncovered a fraud. Became a CFE and did court accountings for law firms and government agencies. Then took on more and more clients and volunteered with the local Sheriff and DAs office. Decided to get my CPA because I was tired of explaining that I wasn't one, and also attorneys like to hire credentials. I've spent many years volunteering and trying to get my name out there. It's always a challenge to work for yourself, but very rewarding! You might start by telling your boss what your interests are and seeing if you could shadow some fraud work to learn the ropes. Best wishes!!

    AUD - 80
    BEC - 77
    FAR - 80
    REG - 80
    3 years

    + 16 tests

    + 2 expired sections

    = DONE FOREVER!

    #3147033
    Maverick
    Participant

    Thanks for giving me some additional information about your situation. I just turned 26 and I am at a large / regional accounting firm and we have a 62 year old partner that is our primary CFE person. We have approximately 30 offices so developing a niche would be a good way for me to advance. Also, we do not have anyone in the office who solely works on fraud engagements so I believe that I could snag that role if we have the demand and opportunity. My plan is to finish the exam before tax season and then start looking for ways to build a practice once 4/15 rolls around.

    AUD - 87
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    FAR - 83
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